Data published by StatsSA shows that total income for the post and telecommunications industry in South Africa in 2013 was R276.3 billion.
Telecommunications accounted for 95% of the income – R262.2 billion, with post and associated courier activities accumulating R14.2 billion and making up 5% of the total.
The total sales of goods and services (R266.9 billion) represents an increase of 4.4% per annum over sales of goods and services reported in the corresponding survey of 2010 – R234.5 billion.
The report said that communication contributes 2.1% to economic production in SA.
The total number of persons employed in the post and telecommunications industry at the end of June 2013 was 107,000, StatsSA said.
Telecommunications employed the largest number of persons at 70,229, or 66%.
Employment in the post and telecommunications industry increased by 6.0% per annum compared with the number of employees reported in the corresponding survey of 2010 – 89,859.
Casual employees (8,766) recorded the highest increase of 74,4% per annum over the number (1,653) reported in the corresponding survey of 2010.
While, permanent employees (82,693) recorded the a decrease of 0,6% per annum over the number (84,248) reported in the corresponding survey of 2010.
Changes in income from internet
The total income from internet services in telecommunications was R35.1 billion, which represents an increase of 8.6% per annum over income from internet services reported in the corresponding survey of 2010 (R27.3 billion).
The largest contributors to income from internet services was data revenue – wireless at R19.7 billion or 56.2%, and data revenue – fixed, at R11.0 billion or 31.3%.
Income from data revenue – wireless also recorded the highest increase of 14.2% per annum, StatsSA said.
StatsSA said that thhe census of enterprises in the post and telecommunications industry was conducted by post, email, fax, telephone and personal visits
Collection rate = (collected units + finalised investigations/sample size) x 100. The collection rate was 84%.